Who Should Sub For Charlie Sheen on Men?

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For better or worse, there is only one Charlie Sheen. So while the one and only one gets his act together — and by some accounts, it could take a while — we think the producers of Two and a Half Men should seriously consider bringing in a temp to fill that void and, just as importantly, keep their crew on the clock. But who? That is the question. Luckily, we have the answer… several answers, in fact. Consider, won’t you:

Michael J. Fox | When the erstwhile Alex P. Keaton bowed out of Spin City to deal with his Parkinson’s disease, Sheen stepped in as the series’ new lead. So wouldn’t it be fitting if, all these years later, Fox was there for Sheen in his hour of need?

Ashton Kutcher | Though No Strings Attached did well at the box office, were any of us ever as attached to Mr. Demi Moore as we were when he played Kelso on That ’70s Show? On the small screen, he’s appealingly larger-than-life.

Andrew McCarthy | What if for some reason — hey, we don’t write the show — Alan (Jon Cryer) happened to take in an old high school nemesis… one who insisted on calling him “Duckie”?

Seth Green | He’s an actor, a producer, a cartoon character… he was even a werewolf (before werewolves needed six-packs). Since there’s clearly nothing he can’t do — and make us laugh while he’s doing it — why not serve him this gig on a silver platter?

Justin Bieber | Remember how it ruined The Brady Bunch when mop-topped cousin Oliver joined the family? What if Jake (Angus T. Jones) just happens to also have a mop-topped cousin, only instead of wrecking the show, he just wrecks… well, his life? Could be fun, no?

Nicholas Brendan | No stranger to tough times, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer alum would be uniquely appreciative of what’s at stake in Sheen’s rehab. Plus, does anyone not miss “the Zeppo”? (Put your hand down, Cordy.)

Betty White | In a way, Miss Popularity almost has to replace Sheen during his recovery. Unless we’re mistaken, Two and a Half Men is one of only three TV shows in history on which she has yet to appear.

OK, your turn. Which of the above can you most easily see filling in for Charlie and “Charlie”? Or do you have a better idea, keeping in mind that both Sheen’s big brother and dad, Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen, have already guested on the CBS hitcom?

You know where to stick your input… below!



Comments (140)

  • How about Charlie’s brother Emilio. They could do it like they did it on Rosanne when Becky was replaced by another actress to only be replaced by the original actress. Same character, different actors.

    Comment by eliza-ann – January 31, 2011 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Emilio was already on the show and killed off….

      Comment by Elissa – January 31, 2011 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I like charlie alot he has agreat personality. you should work something out with charlie so he can stay on the show. everybody leave him alone. what about the other actors who go off the wall with drugs and drinking. theres millions of them out there. leave him alone let him live his life the way he wants it

        Comment by pattyp – March 8, 2011 08:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They should replace Sheen with Thomas Haden Church — he could handle both the drama and comedy.

      Comment by Carl R. – February 26, 2011 03:18 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I would like to see Bob Saget do the show.
        He is an actor, stand up comedian and show host and i think he would foot the bill.

        Comment by Shirley B – March 1, 2011 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I think Bob Saget would be great.
        He is an actor,stand up comic and I think he would be terrific.

        Comment by Shirley B – March 1, 2011 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • The only actor that could replace Charlie Sheen on Two And A half Men, is James Spader.

        Comment by Barbara – March 5, 2011 06:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • My vote is for Robert Downey Jr.

        Comment by William – March 15, 2011 05:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • John Travolta would be the best!!!!

      Comment by Annie – March 9, 2011 05:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Robert Downey Jr. should replace Charlie Sheen on Two and 1/2 Men.

        Comment by Amy Michaels – March 10, 2011 06:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • i think robert downey jr should play charlie harper on two & a half men.
          it should be a bad boy!

          Comment by bonnie motto – March 14, 2011 04:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The only one who could possibly fit the role of Charlie Harper is Robert Downey Jr.

      Comment by Roger – March 10, 2011 06:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I agree, why aren’t more people saying that Robert Downey Jr. should replace Charlie Sheen?

        Comment by Melissa – March 10, 2011 06:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I think either Russell Brandt or David Spade could fill the role. Although I do like the sounds of Ashton Kuthcher

      Comment by Sue – March 10, 2011 08:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Matt Dillon

      Comment by Steve – April 10, 2011 05:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Have they got it wrong or what!!! Ashton Kutcher is too young and way too feminine. There is only one possible replacement and that is Johnny Knoxfield.

      Comment by Kye – May 17, 2011 11:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sheen will be out of rehab in like a week, so TAHM wont be affected.

    Comment by chris – January 31, 2011 11:29 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Right, breaking a dependency on alchohol or drugs only takes a week, especially if you’ve been in and out of rehab before.

      Sorry, is dry sarcasm readable?

      Comment by John – January 31, 2011 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I believe Chris’ comment is not that Sheen will be fully recovered in a week, but that Sheen will leave early. You obviously did not get his sarcasm.

        Comment by c – January 31, 2011 11:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Chris’ comment was not sarcasm, but cynicism.

          Comment by alex – January 31, 2011 03:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • There are reports that he will be in rehab for 3 months, which will effect about 8 episodes of the show.

      Comment by Alex – January 31, 2011 11:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They could have Jake and Alan take a road trip and have certain guest stars appear along the way.

    Comment by Josh – January 31, 2011 11:30 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Ooh! I like that one! That would be a riot!!

      Comment by Melinda – January 31, 2011 12:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oh I LOVE that idea too! Tho I expect we all will be feeling Charlie’s withdrawl symtoms too along the way as I doubt they plan to do anything different. Tho I would LOVE to see an aged Charlie and what he becomes after say another 15-20 years of hard Charlie-style living… a wake up call for Sheen for sure!

      Comment by DAWoods – February 2, 2011 04:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Rob Lowe would be a good choice. Similar age, gorgeous and probably able to sympathise with Charlie Sheen’s problems! I wouldn’t say no to a bit more Rob Lowe on tv!

    Comment by Lisa – January 31, 2011 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Then tune into him on Parks and Rec on Thursday nights, where he is absolutely hilarious and part of a killer ensemble as well.

      Comment by John – January 31, 2011 11:38 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • WHY IS CHARLIE SHEEN LEAVING? OMG, NO ONE WILL WATCH IT ANYMORE, HES THE REASON.

    Comment by laura – January 31, 2011 11:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If we are being serious here (and we most certainly are NOT) then my vote totally goes to Andrew McCarthy. He’s cute, he’s funny in a self-serious kind of way, and most importantly he is already well versed in how to make fun of Jon Cryer. Second place vote to Ashton Kutcher – the thought alone is hilarious.

    Comment by the girl – January 31, 2011 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about they just cancel this awful show already? The comedies on NBC Thursday are far superior… I just don’t understand why people watch this stupid show anymore.

    Comment by CnSF – January 31, 2011 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seconded.

      Comment by Jo – January 31, 2011 11:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Thirded. Dreadful show. Make room for better comedies…

        Comment by R – January 31, 2011 12:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Just say Charlie is off composing music for a foreign commercial or something and let the rest of the cast finish out the season.

      Comment by Amanda – January 31, 2011 12:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Better yet-let Charlie be in rehab. Then next season will be about Charlie trying to survive his family sober

        Comment by Diane – January 31, 2011 01:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Amen. The only CBS comedy on Monday worth my time is HIMYM.

      Comment by daniel – January 31, 2011 02:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Agree, absolutely!! Though, that does raise the interesting idea of having Barney visit TAHM and become the new Lothario!! Yeah, yeah, never happen — but we’re not being serious here, anyway!!

        Comment by RAGGEDT – January 31, 2011 02:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • They won’t cancel it, because it consistently ranks in the top 10 in ratings. Even the reruns score high. CBS has a gold mine with this one… they will wait for Sheen to get himself together.

      They could simply have an earthquake destroy the home (or make it unsafe) and Have Allen and Jake move in with the mother… that would be fun and they could add some new characters..

      and they could say “Charlie” is hold up at the Chateau Marmont…

      Comment by Jules – January 31, 2011 06:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Well, I think you are completely ruling out Judd Nelson. Alum as such things as The Breakfast Club and Suddenly Susan. He has a way of tickling the funny bone while not being too obvious about it. He’s played every role type possible over the years, even voice work. Come on, John Bender on the small screen. That would be awesome!

    Comment by Jenn Hillier – January 31, 2011 11:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The only thing is we would either have to see him as Chris again, or brings him back as someone else and hope no one noticed. LOL.

      Comment by Jenn Hillier – January 31, 2011 11:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have been a faithful (and very entertained) viewer of this show since the beginning…but put Bieber on it, and I’ll take up watching The Bachelor

    Comment by Lana – January 31, 2011 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Kermit the Frog is clearly the best choice

    Comment by Tim – January 31, 2011 11:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seth Green is full of fail. Quite possibly the most obnoxious midget on the planet.

    Comment by Nate – January 31, 2011 11:42 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Emilio Estevez – Charlie’s long-lost brother….

    Comment by skyfan – January 31, 2011 11:44 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • i think Nicholas Brendan would be the best for it!

    Comment by j – January 31, 2011 11:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rob Lowe would be good but he is not that funny as Charlie Sheen….Well what about Robert Knepper he wants to take a part in comedy series….So that could give him a chance….And i would suggest Bradley Whitford….

    Comment by Arnas – January 31, 2011 11:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think that they would do better to use woody harrelson, he was great in zombieland, and frankly he would be more entertaining then watching sheen play himself

    Comment by Dale – January 31, 2011 11:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Best suggestion I’ve heard yet!!!

      Comment by sue – March 1, 2011 11:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Tommy Chong – the bad influence ya gotta love. Imagine him in a Malibu beach house, and interacting with straightlaced Alan, and with Jake and Berta. He could be an exasperated Evelyn’s brother & uncle to Charlie.

    Comment by Karma – January 31, 2011 12:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Judd Nelson and Andrew McCarthy as distant cousins who stop by for an extended vacation!

    Comment by Dee – January 31, 2011 12:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am sorry guys, but I don’t see any of those people filling the void.
    I think Emilio would work out pretty well. Maybe the long lost brother story? It would be interesting. Or herb moving in temporarily with Alan. Maybe they separate or something?

    Comment by EveDallas – January 31, 2011 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I enjoy the supporting and co-stars much more than Charlie.

    I tune in for Berta, Alan, Herb, Jake and, of course, his mother (whose name escapes me, but I adore Holland Taylor).

    I do like the idea above about Herb moving in…. He and Judith should split. :)

    Comment by Brock – January 31, 2011 12:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Chris Rock should step in or Damon Wayans.
    Have them couchsurfing in the Harper´s house

    Comment by Pulpo – January 31, 2011 12:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why not put them all on the show? I mean, it’s not like they’re gonna stay there. It’s just temporary so they could just change like every episode with a new character, like… uncle, old friend, doctor… I mean whatever.

    Comment by Ss – January 31, 2011 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Molly Ringwald….a perfect fit … she cold play a aunt…..

    Comment by ron – January 31, 2011 12:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • props for the not one but TWO Buffy mentions :)

    Comment by kylie – January 31, 2011 12:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Make that three (if you count Cordy)!

      Comment by ErixN – January 31, 2011 01:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think the show should do a few flashback and flash forward episodes in Charlie’s absence. Imagine the fun of casting Charlie (and Alan) as a teenager or a 20-something, and then as a 60-something and an 80-something!

    Comment by Lori – January 31, 2011 01:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally! Martin Sheen or Joe Estevez to play old Charlie Harper. Mick Jagger to play old Alan Harper. Zach Galifianakis to play old Jake Harper!! What fun!!

      Comment by Roxi J. – February 25, 2011 09:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • DON’T turn this into LOST, please. It’s a sitcom!

      Comment by phishFileo – March 2, 2011 04:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would love to see an episode that’s a road trip; they could go pick up Charlie! Having said that, I can see Sheen leaving rehab if they decide to do the remaining eight episodes; after all, he won’t be getting paid for them. If there is a clause in his contract that says he gets paid for a minimum number of episodes, regardless of the circumstances, they probably wouldn’t want to go through it. CBS should have instituted a morals clause in his latest contract, one that included penalties if they had to stop production. I wonder what the insurance is on Charlie, and if that will cover any production costs, since he’s basically putting 300 people out of work until August, if then, if Sheen is able to return.

    Comment by Cathy – January 31, 2011 01:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Charlie Sheen would not have signed a contract with a morality clause in it. Don’t you think Warner Brothers or CBS didn’t think of that already? Think about it, Charlie Sheen – a drug addict for the last thirty or so years with a few years here and there sober – they knew what they were getting when they signed up for this. Also Chaim Levine (as Lorre called himself on his vanity card btw proving that Sheen is not racist) has made fun of Charlie countless times in those same vanity cards so the fact that he is being a little crybaby about this is so ridiculous. Grow up you infantile sap.

      Comment by Jake – March 3, 2011 01:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Whoever they get, they need to just pull a straight up Aunt Viv with the character. Just a whole new actor in the role for the episodes he’s gone and then slide him right back in when he’s done with rehab.

    Comment by Topkill – January 31, 2011 01:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Or just completely replace his ass. I’m sure no one would mind.

      Comment by Claire – January 31, 2011 01:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Replace his ass with Robert Downey Jr. He is the only one who could possibly play Charlie Sheen’s role.

        Comment by Rick – March 10, 2011 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about bringing Michael Clark Duncan back on the show. He was on the show before as a neighbor and he was hilarious then. Good luck to Charlie as he gets the help he needs.

    Comment by Tracey – January 31, 2011 01:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What about David Arquette? He just got out of rehab.

    Comment by Bill – January 31, 2011 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I like the idea of Molly Ringwald, but how about adding Ally Sheedy. It could be 3′s Company for awhile.

    Comment by Nonya – January 31, 2011 02:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Pick a Baldwin, any Baldwin. Whoever is available. Recognizable, familiar, etc.

      Write him out with a story line that Charlie found out he slept with a woman who used to be a man. Charlie is so freaked out he takes a vacation to a remote island paradise, where he falls in love with a woman and never comes back. There could still be very funny phone converations with Alan where Charlie’s voice is never heard and it’s just Alan reacting the all of the whacky things Charlie might say.

      I also like the 3′s Company concept. Bring back Candy. Candy and Rose move in with Alan. He could call them his goddesses.

      Comment by Daft – March 7, 2011 10:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • You are all losers for even getting caught up in this crap. The show has sucked since about 2007 and the lead actor cant even keep his cars in his driveway none the less keep himself sober for more then 2 hours a day. How about this, send this so called comedy to the graveyard. God knows Charlie Sheen is liable to be fried permanently in a few years, Jon Cryer is a never was and The half a man is now one awkward looking teenager. NO one replace Charlie Sheen, just get the crap off the air.

    Comment by Ihatetwoandahalfmen – January 31, 2011 02:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I vote for Michael J. Fox. This guy is a genius and a wonderful comedy actor.

    Comment by Geraldine – January 31, 2011 02:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How come no one has suggested Michael Jordan? You know, he shows up as this celebrity pitchman whose annoyed that Charlie Harper keeps popping up in the middle of his underwear commercials…tries to get the Harpers to get Charlie under control — only to discover that he’s disappeared. Next several weeks are filled with the Harpers and MJ wondering what’s happened to Charlie!!

    Comment by RAGGEDT – January 31, 2011 02:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JAMES SPADER! Steff comes crawling to Duckie after all these years. PAYBACK!

    Comment by I double-dog dare ya – January 31, 2011 02:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JAMES SPADER! Steff comes crawling back to Duckie after all those years. PAYBACK!

    Comment by isolde – January 31, 2011 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I REFUSE TO BELIEVE NO ONE CAME OUT WITH THIS NAME: ROBERT DOWNEY JR.

    COME ON, SERIOUSLY? HE’S PERFECT FOR THE JOB

    Comment by John Chill – January 31, 2011 02:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Do you think there is any chance whatsoever that Downey would take a substitute TV gig? I don’t. He *might* take a premium regular gig, or a high-profile guest star appearance, but even that’s a stretch. While his movie career is red-hot, he’ll be there.

      Comment by amy – January 31, 2011 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ROBERT DOWNEY JR. PERFECT. I AGREE.

      Comment by Josh – March 10, 2011 05:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show is terrible. When Sheen leaves it should get the axe. But off that list I’d pick Brendon or Gree.

    Comment by Seeker – January 31, 2011 03:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ITA! Can the show! There’s no acceptable “otherwise” as far as I’m concerned.

      Comment by Larc – January 31, 2011 04:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think the show should be about Rose for a few weeks! thought the alan/herb roomie idea has plenty of potential. that said in spite of a talented cast and a man who writes BBT- thm doesn’t hold a candle to the other comedies around, seven years of a bachelor sleeping w/ hookers is seven year too many….

    Comment by hatts8 – January 31, 2011 06:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Seth Rogen?

    Comment by Ashley – January 31, 2011 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seth Green or Michael Clarke Duncan. Or just let the supporting actors have their time in the sun.

    Comment by amy – January 31, 2011 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve already coped with the fact that a lot of people in America seem to watch ‘Two and a Half Men.’ Can we not talk about it though?

    Comment by Neptuny – January 31, 2011 10:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • My vote is for Mike Fox. The man is a legend, and had brilliant comic timing. You know… the show might even do better if he guest stars on it.

    Comment by Anit – February 1, 2011 05:16 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Chelsea’s dad and his boyfriend??? Minus Chelsea please..Stacy Keach and John Amos?

    Comment by Star2gazer – February 1, 2011 10:00 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The only person that could pull this off would be Gary Busey!

    Comment by ranger99 – February 1, 2011 02:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really think you guys have some good ideas. Let’s be honest though, it is a disease and I hope he does great in the future. It would seem that perhaps (by his radio interviews. . recent ones) that it will take more than a week in his home. First he might need to deal with his arrogance issues as they are in definitely in competition with his addiction issues. My mother and I were discussing the fact of replacements some time ago. Don’t get me wrong, we really liked Charlie, even with his problems, and all. But, when you start to think of his kids, his family and his co-stars. They didn’t ask for all of this BS. Mom and I thought that perhaps the guy that plays the part of the son-in-law on Reba would be a great character for the show if they could work him in somehow. The kid “Jake” and him would really be funny together. Whatever the solution, the producers need to do something to help all the co-stars and production staff out with their jobs and perhaps not see Sheen as a long-term item and further.

    Comment by Natalie :) – February 25, 2011 08:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree w/ Arnas Rob Lowe but Ashton is an even better idea. How ’bout my favorite Matthew McConaughey? Or Ben Affleck??

    Comment by SHELLEY HAYNES – February 27, 2011 09:20 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Robert Downey Jr?? He is familiar with the problems “Charlie” has and is funny

      Comment by Ben Haynes – February 27, 2011 09:23 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Robert Downey Jr. is totally awesome and kicks ass. Not to mention he is hilarious.

        Comment by Jillian – March 10, 2011 05:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How about Seann William Scott, who was Stiffler on American Pie? Other than being a bit young for the part, I think his demeanor would be a good match for the playboy with an attitude type, which Charlie and Stiffler have in common.

    Comment by Gary – February 27, 2011 08:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • David Spade would be a good choice also.

    Comment by Shirley B – March 1, 2011 04:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think “Denozo” from NCIS would be great but I would miss him on NCIS!

    Comment by sharon – March 1, 2011 06:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • They should do away with his character completely; have Alan come out of the closetand partner up with Herb!

    Comment by Lynn – March 1, 2011 09:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I have some suggestions for a replacement for Charlie Sheen.

    Jason Bateman, Benjamin Bratt, James Spader, Donal Logue.

    Could be a friend won the house in a poker game, while Charlie goes off and finds himself. The only condition is that Alan, Jake and Berta can stay.

    Comment by Debra – March 2, 2011 12:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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